Archive for July 2012

July 31st, 2012, 6:00 am

The Case for Paid Parental Leave

By Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) In a 2008 examination of 21 high-income countries, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) found that the U.S. ranked 20th in terms of generosity of parental leave and policy designs for couples – just ahead of dead last Switzerland. And the situation hasn’t improved much since. When Australia [...]

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July 30th, 2012, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Melissa Butler, Partner, Capital Markets Group, White & Case

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) After graduating from the University of Colorado – Boulder, Melissa Butler, now partner at White & Case, went on to study law at Georgetown. In 2001, she started her career working in corporate finance at Thacher Proffitt & Wood. “Then in 2006, after a particularly horrendous transaction, I [...]

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July 27th, 2012, 6:00 am

5 Ways to Manage Your Emotions at Work

Contributed by Leslie Granston, Human Capital Consultant Last month, America got a peek behind the smooth façade of morning television to witness something raw and real: After months of media speculation, NBC’s Today show co-host Ann Curry was shown the door, and on June 28th, her emotionally naked, on-air goodbye became the story. And she [...]

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July 26th, 2012, 1:00 pm

Law Firms Less Willing to Promote Women to Equity Partner

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) According to a new report by The National Law Journal, despite years of hard work on behalf of some law firms to attract and retain female lawyers through networking and mentoring initiatives, the percentage of female partners at the US’s largest law firms is still only 18.8%. When [...]

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July 26th, 2012, 6:00 am

Success and the System: Brave Female CEOs Wanted for Systemic Change Gig

By Nicki Gilmour, Founder and CEO of The Glass Hammer and Evolved Employer Apparently, Marissa Mayer, the new pregnant female CEO of Yahoo, dislikes feminism and taking maternity leave. Should we feel betrayed by her attitudes? Or should we rejoice that a woman gets a coveted spot as a CEO of a Fortune 500 company? [...]

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July 25th, 2012, 1:00 pm

The Five C’s of Great Coaching Conversations

Contributed by CEO Coach Henna Inam Here’s a situation. A direct report of yours just gave a presentation to senior management. The presentation went okay but frankly could have gone a lot better. The direct report knew her material but didn’t demonstrate self-confidence in her body language, didn’t dress appropriately, and didn’t think fast on [...]

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July 25th, 2012, 6:00 am

How to Get White Men to Join the Diversity Movement

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) According to Catalyst’s Jeanine Prime, Vice President, Research, one group has traditionally felt left out of diversity initiatives – to their detriment. That group is white men, and by engaging them proactively, companies can see better results from their efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the workplace. [...]

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July 24th, 2012, 6:00 am

“Double Down” Debate Draws Kudos and Ire

By Robin Madell (San Francisco) “Do not lean back; lean in. Put your foot on that gas pedal and keep it there until the day you have to make a decision, and then make a decision. That’s the only way, when that day comes, you’ll even have a decision to make.” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook [...]

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July 23rd, 2012, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Kimberly Wood, Senior Partner, Central Market Business Leader, Mercer Investments

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Kimberly Wood, Senior Partner and Central Market Business Leader at Mercer Investments, believes that mentoring the next generation is an important responsibility for senior leaders. She encouraged seasoned women to reach out to the next generation. “I don’t think senior women can do enough,” she said. “I think [...]

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July 20th, 2012, 6:00 am

Three Reasons to Let Go of Work This Weekend

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) According to a new article published in the academic journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, work-related stress can follow you home, impacting your emotional and physical health, as well as impairing your ability to do a good job when you’re actually in the office. But, the author says, [...]

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